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American Society of Nephrology Foundation for Kidney Research Announces 2016 Grant Recipients

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research announced the 2016 recipients of research grants to advance new understandings of—and treatments for—kidney diseases. The Foundation will fund 36 leading researchers working to cure kidney diseases. These include new projects and others continuing from 2015. Established in 2012 by the American Society of Nephrology, the Foundation funds research that will help improve the health of the more than 20 million Americans burdened by kidney diseases, the 9th leading cause of death in the United States.

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3D Printed Kidney Helps Doctors Save Woman's Organ During Complicated Tumor Removal

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Doctors and scientists at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City printed and used a 3D kidney to help save a patient's organ during a complicated tumor-removal procedural.

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Research Links High Zinc Levels and Kidney Stones

David Killilea, PhD, a staff scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), co-authored a study into the causes of kidney stones. The study was conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Marin County and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Published in the prestigious scientific journal PLOS ONE, the study revealed that high levels of zinc in the body may contribute to kidney stone formation.

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IU Study: Virtual Tissue Technology Reveals New Drug Target in Polycystic Kidney Disease

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Using virtual tissue technology, researchers at Indiana University have identified a potential new drug target in the fight against polycystic kidney disease, an illness with no effective FDA-approved treatment that affects 200,000 people per year in the United States. The study, which appears in the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell, reveals that errors in how cells stick together give rise to two forms of kidney cysts.

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Patient Avoids Dialysis Through Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap

In a first-of-its-kind procedure in the United States, a patient was able to avoid dialysis when surgeons simultaneously removed two diseased kidneys and also transplanted a kidney from a living donor – all as part of a 28-person paired kidney exchange

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Life Is Art for Loyola Kidney Transplant Patient

A kidney transplantation means much more than good health to Jason E. Jones. The 53 year-old Hyde Park artist and Loyola Medicine patient draws daily creative inspiration from his chronic health experience. "My new kidney changed not only my life but my life's work," said Mr. Jones, who has been an artist for two decades. "My whole health journey became part of my artistic process and my daily experiences with medication and dialysis were incorporated into my artwork."

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease May Increase African Americans’ Cardiovascular-Related Risks

Highlight • Diabetes and kidney disease, separately and together, were linked with increased risks of stroke, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular mortality in African Americans living in Mississippi.

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In What Is Believed to Be a U.S. First, UAB Physician Uses Telehealth to Replace Comprehensive Face-to-Face Visit for Home Dialysis Patient

Eric Wallace is piloting a telehealth program, which he says could open the door for Alabamians in rural communities to receive more subspecialized care without traveling long distances.

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Patients with Inflammation More Likely to Develop Diabetes After Transplant

Up to 30 percent of people who receive organ transplants will develop diabetes, but researchers are unsure why. A new study in kidney transplant recipients suggests that patients with more inflammation prior to surgery are more likely to develop diabetes than those with less overall inflammation, and that a patient’s fat stores also play a role.

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Surgery Can Lengthen Survival of Metastatic Kidney Cancer Patients Treated with Targeted Therapies, Study Finds

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Researchers find cytoreductive nephrectomy may offer an overall survival benefit to patients with metastatic kidney cancer who are treated with targeted therapies

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Certain Factors Affect Vitamin D Levels in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

• Two-thirds of the children with kidney disease were classified as vitamin D deficient. • Children with kidney disease who took vitamin D supplements had vitamin D levels that were 2 times higher than those who did not take supplements. • Certain genetic variants were also associated with vitamin D levels.

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The American Society of Nephrology Peer-Reviewed Journals Retain High Impact Factor

Washington, DC (June 16, 2016)—The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) retains a very prominent position in the field of nephrology in Impact Factor for 2015, with a score of 8.5 according to Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). This Impact Factors reflects the average annual number of citations in 2015 to articles published in a journal during 2013 and 2014.

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Wide Geographic Differences in Treatment of Diabetes, The Stress-Diabetes Link, Intensive Treatment of Glucose Levels Can Lead to Serious Complications, and More in the Diabetes News Source

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Diabetes Drug Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Complications, Kidney Disease

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According to data from the large, multinational LEADER clinical trial, the glucose-lowering drug liraglutide safely and effectively decreases the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death, kidney disease, and death from all causes for people with type 2 diabetes.

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Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation and St. John’s Riverside Hospital Announce New Venture in Yonkers

Montefiore Health System has a new collaborative program with its partner St. John’s Riverside Hospital to offer patients suffering from kidney, pancreas or liver disease an opportunity to be evaluated for transplantation at St. John’s Riverside Hospital by specialists from Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation.

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The Kidney Health Initiative Attending White House Organ Summit

Washington, DC (June 13, 2016) — The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) is pleased to support President Barack Obama’s call to action through its attendance at the White House Organ Summit on Monday, June 13. This Summit will examine ways to improve the outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and support living donors in addition to improving kidney patient care options and access to transplantation.

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American Society of Nephrology Attending White House Organ Summit

Washington, DC (June 13, 2016) —More than 20 million Americans live with kidney diseases. About 650,000 have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and need dialysis or a transplant to live. Kidney diseases disproportionately affects minority populations; African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure, and African Americans in low income neighborhoods are 57 percent less likely to make the transplant list.

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UAB to Support White House Effort to Increase Living Kidney Transplants

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New Living Donor Navigator Program tailored to African-Americans and a new Facebook app aim to increase access to living kidney transplants and reduce the number of patients awaiting transplant.